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Stranger Than Most looks at the oddest Best Picture snubs of all time. i.e. films that were nominated in the always Best Picture related fields (Dir+ Editing + Screenplay + Acting) and still missed out. Incidentally I love every single one of the "top five" that weren't actually top five (They Shoot Horses Don't They, Hud, Thelma & Louise, Bullets Over Broadway, and My Man Godfrey)  Like crazy 'would run away with them for lost sex-weekend' kind of love. That's how much!

Hud (1963), for example, is a movie I continuously feel guilty about not forcing upon people at every opportunity -- we should totes do it for "Hit Me" but I keep forgetting to put it in the schedule. It's just a freaking masterpiece. And it's weirdly underdiscussed given how many of Paul Newman's films endured.

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Seriously, if Laura Dern doesn't win an Emmy for "Enlightened", I'll go as crazy as her character. Beautiful work!

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Was just thinking about Hud the other day and just what a great movie it is. Beautifully shot and just amazingly acted. I just loved how "natural" it all feels, especially Patricia Neal's performance. Looking at that entire list of films, and the level of acclaim that they've maintained, one does wonder how they missed out on the Best Picture nom in their respective years. Until today, I'd just assumed that My Man Godfrey was a nominee based on a list of 10 and 30s embrace of comedy.

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Patricia Neal in Hud is one of the all-time great performances.

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBiggs

We should do Hud for "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". I've never seen it!

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

Omg, thank you for letting me know Kylie Minogue is doing a movie that is apparently Cannes material. I know it's supposed to be mockery but somehow it has got me even more excited voor Cannes!

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNina

Finally, Charlize Theron dates someone to her level.

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

Useless comment of the day but yes to Squasher88. We should do Hud for HMWYBS. God, as much as I wouldn't survive the casual racism, I wish I lived in the 60's,when mature and intelligent women like Patricia Neal ruled the screen and a straight man can do a pose like that on a poster.

And everyone crapped on Paul Newman back then but his leading ladies always had great performances and he must have helped with that.

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

I don't know if this is "on topic" or not, but I just discovered that Sebastian Silva completed something called "Crystal Fairy" starring Michael Cera. IMDB currently says it's set for release in 2013, but Cera getting two films by the same director released in the same year would confuse me, especially since IMDB says it was completed three weeks ago and the thriller formerly titled Magic, Magic (currently untitled) is still in pre-production. My guess is we'll see it at Venice. The offered description of shoestring budget and meandering pace actually leave me interested. I've mentioned Looper, but this idea of American tourist meets Chilean hippie is interesting at least. Keep an eye on it.

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Nina! I'm very excited for the Kylie movie. It'll be interesting to say the least. My piece wasn't actually a mockery of the actors, but a mockery of the people who just assume these actors (Efron, McConaughey, Pattinson, etc) aren't real actors or don't have talent. I look forward to lots of "WOW! [so-and-so] can really act!" as if acting throughout the Twilight movies with a straight face isn't evidence enough.

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

We should do "Hud" because I think I'll love it more on second viewing.
Actually we should do more of Paul Newman's films because from my research there are 6 from his films that won Best Cinematography and there are other 4 that got nominated for that category. He sure knew how to pick films.

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike
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